Is Nasal Polyp Surgery Dangerous?

Nasal polyps refer to grape-sized swellings formed across the lining of one’s nose. The formation of polyps takes place in different forms and most of them cause blocked nose or nasal obstruction. Even in some cases, nasal polyps result in a reduced sense of sinus and smell infections.

Is Nasal Polyp Surgery Dangerous?

Is Nasal Polyp Surgery Dangerous?

If doctors fail to treat nasal polyps with medication and other ways, they recommend for surgery to remove nasal polyps, referred as nasal polypectomy. As the surgery takes place via your nose, you do not experience any incision on your outer area of the face.

Techniques To Perform Nasal Polypectomy

Depending on the exact number and location of nasal polyps, surgeons opt for either of the techniques to perform nasal polypectomy operation in patients. Accordingly-

Intranasal Polypectomy. When doctors see the polyps and approach easily from the front side of the patient’s nose, doctors use small graspers and perform the procedure of intranasal polypectomy.

Endoscopic Nasal Polypectomy. In some of the cases, doctors have to use small and special telescopes to obtain a better image of the patient’s nose in the case nasal polyps are small and present within the sinuses or in the nose’s roof.(1)

Risks To Make Nasal Polypectomy Dangerous In Some Cases

Even though surgery to treat nasal polyps i.e. nasal polypectomy gives positive results, they sometimes prove to be dangerous based on certain risks after the treatment.

Blocked Nose. You may experience dry blood in higher amounts and crusting issue during the initial few weeks, which leads to the problem of a blocked nose or nasal obstruction.

Bleeding From Nose. Bleeding in a small amount from the nose after your nasal polypectomy surgery is normal. However, if you experience nose bleeding even after one month of your surgery especially while blowing your nose, you should definitely schedule another appointment with your doctor.

Sinus Swelling And Infections. In some cases, a patient experiences infection after swelling in his/her sinuses.

Relapse Of Polyps And Other Symptoms. Even though the condition is rare, polypectomy surgery fails to cure the problem of nasal polyps or swellings permanently.

Accordingly, nasal polyps relapse but the frequency of their repetition is unpredictable.(1)

Risks Related To Eye Injury. Depending on the location of polyps, in some cases, doctors have to separate the sinuses from eyes even though it is only a thin bone layer. This leads to injury to the patient’s eye/eyes and in a few worst cases, the surgery leads to double vision or blindness.

Risks Related To Brain Injury. A few of the sinuses in humans are close to their brain. In this situation, while performing nasal polypectomy on such sinuses, patients remain at small risk related to brain infection or leakage of brain fluid from their nose.(1)


To conclude, we should say that even though nasal polypectomy surgery is a preferable treatment to cure nasal polyps, it involves the aforementioned risks, which makes the treatment dangerous for some patients.


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